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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Actor

Posted on 26 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best actor nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Christian Bale

ChristianBaleNominated for: Playing a con man who works with the FBI to investigate ABSCAM in American Hustle.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Satellite Awards.

Where you might know him from:

He was the Batman after Clooney but before Affleck. Also, has had a long and productive career in films that didn’t require him to wear a cowl or codpiece.

History with Oscar:

This is Bale’s second nomination.

2011: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Fighter (Won)

 

Bruce Dern

brucedernNominated for: Playing an elderly man on a road trip with his son in Nebraska.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated,  Actor of the Year & British Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Nominated, Best Actorin a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

Dern has a fifty-plus year acting career  to his credit. Some of his more memorable films are The Cowboys, Black Sunday, That Championship Season, and Family Plot.

History with Oscar:

Bruce Dern has one previous Oscar nomination.

1979: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Coming Home (Lost to Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter)

Leonardo DiCaprio

leodicaprioNominated for: Playing Wall Street tycoon Jordan Belfort in  The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actor in a Comedy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

DiCaprio is one of the most famous actors working today, thanks largely to his role in the blockbuster, Titanic. He has also appeared in Catch Me If You Can, Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby.

History with Oscar:

Leonardo DiCaprio has three prior Oscar nominations and is also nominated for Best Picture this year as a producer of The Wolf of Wall Street.

1994: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ( Lost to Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive).

2005: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Aviator (Lost to Jamie Foxx, Ray)

2007: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Blood Diamond (Lost to Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland)

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor

chiwetelejioforNominated for: Playing Solomon Northup an free, Northern black man who is kidnapped and forced into slavery in 12 Years a Slave.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture, Black Reel Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Gotham Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

2nd Place, Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Ejiofor’s big break was in the film version of Kinky Boots. He also appeared in films such as Serenity, Redbelt and 2012.

History with Oscar:

This Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first Oscar nomination.

Matthew McConaughey

matthewmcconaugheyNominated for: Playing an electrician who is diagnosed with AIDS and then goes on to help other AIDS patients in  Dallas Buyers Club.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Gotham Awards.

Won, Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Desert Palm Achievement Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Rome Film Fest.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

McConaughey burst on the scene with an iconic role in Dazed and Confused and has built a leading man career in films such as A Time to Kill, Sahara, Failure to Launch and Magic Mike.

History with Oscar:

This Matthew McConaughey’s first Oscar nomination.

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New Releases: January 24, 2014

Posted on 23 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

ifrankensteinposter1. I, Frankenstein (Lionsgate, 2,753 Theaters, 93 Minutes, Rated PG-13):
If you think that this film, where Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) fights demons led by a red eyed Bill Nighy, reminds you of the Underworld franchise, you’d be right. Both come from the mind of Kevin Grevioux.

This story is being adapted from Grevioux’s graphic novel of the same name. Being that I liked the Underworld films I saw, that might not be so bad.

Of course, one has to comment on Eckhart’s decent into genre films. At one time, he was thought to be in the running to be the next Robert DeNiro with a spate of quality, Oscar-worthy films under his belt. Now, between this and Battle Los Angeles, he has the makings of being the next Bela Lugosi.

dallasbuyersclubposter2. Dallas Buyer Club (Focus Features, 1,110 Theaters,117 Theaters, Rated R):
I don’t know if this was planned before hand, but the powers that be couldn’t have picked a better time to shift this film into wide release. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have been running the table this award season, and have just scored another nomination–the big one, an Academy Award nod.

Based on a true story, McConaughey plays a homophobic redneck who finds out he is HIV positive, picked up through casual sex. He is given a death sentence, but is able to prolong his life through experimental drugs he sneaks into the U.S.. Leto plays a transvestite who becomes his partner in getting these medicines to other AIDS patients.

HIV and AIDS have faded into the background as many of the illegal drugs that McConaughey’s character brought in became legal and the virus became treatable. But this film harkens back to a time when the disease truly did mean a death sentence. Well worth your time regardless of the acting.

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12 YEARS A SLAVE, AMERICAN HUSTLE Take Home Golden Globes

Posted on 13 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

GoldenGlobeIf the Golden Globes are truly the early indicator for Oscar glory, then we have a two horse race for Best Picture.

The 71st Golden Globes were given out in Los Angeles Sunday night. American Hustle led in the statute counts in the film category with three awards, including the award Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Dallas Buyers Club was second with two awards.

American Hustle’s win immediately gives it boost in the Oscar race, but odds-on Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave also won an award, for Best Motion Picture, Drama. It will be interesting to see if the former overtakes the latter by Oscar night.

If we were looking for surprises, we’d find them in the male actor awards. Matthew McConaughey defeated the highly favored Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama and Leonardo DiCaprio overcame both Bruce Dern and Christian Bale in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. If you were to look at this in terms of Academy Award chances, McConaughey’s chances of taking home an Oscar have just become very, very good and DiCaprio’s chances of possibly being nominated might have just registered a slight uptick. Maybe.

Here is a complete list of nominees and winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
*12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

 

Best Director – Motion Picture
*Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
*Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve CooganPhilomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

 

Best Animated Feature Film
*Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

 

Best Foreign Language Film
*The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
*Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
*Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
*Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex HeffesMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
*”Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

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New Releases: March 18

Posted on 17 March 2011 by William Gatevackes

1. Paul (Universal, 2,801 Theaters, 104 Minutes, Rated R): Seeing Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in any film not directed by Edgar Wright seems to veer a little too close to sacrilege for my tastes (same goes the other way too, it just doesn’t seem right).

But yet, here we are, with the pair joined up with Superbad‘s Greg Mottola as a pair of comic book afficiantos making a pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con who pick up a rather unique hitchhiker near Area 51, an alien named Paul (voice by Seth Rogen).

Considering the people involved, it should be impossible that the film is not funny at all. The premise is kind of meh, but the cast is good enough to bring some oomph to it.

2. Limitless (Relativity, 2,756 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13): If it wasn’t for one particular plot point, this film would be your typical high finance thriller.

Think about it. A young skilled hotshot enters a corporation. His talent shoots him quickly up into the highest eschelon, and his ego makes him a lot of enemies on the way up. Once his luck runs out and his talent fails him, the wolves begin to circle. Sound familiar?

The twist is that the hotshot’s talent is brought about by a pill that unlocks the untapped potential for the human brain. That kind of sci-fi swerve does add something to the film, but it only barely makes it more unique than your typical Wall Street clone.

3. The Lincoln Lawyer (Lionsgate, 2,400 Theaters, 119 Minutes, Rated R): This might be opening myself to ridicule, but I believe Matthew McConaughey can be a great actor when he wants to be.

Sure, most people when the first think of him, think of him as a stoner characture who’s acting talents would be strained if he goes beyond the realm of the chick flick.

But this is a man who did some pretty fine acting in Contact and A Time to Kill. These were solid dramatic roles and McConaughey excelled in them.

He returns to the legal-potboiler-adapted-from-a-book genre with this one as he plays a lawyer with a client who is hiding something. Not exactly fresh and unique, but could be something that could remind people that McConaughey can really act.

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New Releases: May 1

Posted on 01 May 2009 by William Gatevackes

new-wolverine-movie-poster_404x6061. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox, 4,099 Theaters, 107 Minutes, Rated PG-13): If this movie came out at any time prior to 2006, there would not be as much concern about it. It could have probably just sailed by into theaters without much scrutiny.

However, X-Men:The Last Stand proved that a can’t miss franchise might actually be able to miss after all. And that put an extra critical eye on this franchise extending film.

As a result, you have people making snarky comments that this should actually be the fourth Wolverine movie rather than the first. You also have people questioning where the story fits in. Of course, it is the origin of Wolverine, but he faces off against a different Sabertooth–decidedly not blond and not monosyllabic–than he faced in the first X-Men film.

He also appears to have a run in with Cyclops, a meeting not mentioned in any of the other films–a fact that drives the comic book fan target audience crazy. In addition, the film seems chock full of fan favorite characters from the comics such as Gambit and Deadpool that seem just shoved in. This is always a bad thing (see Batman and Robin and Spider-Man 3).

Add to that a couple disappointing reviews of the script and a controversy over a leaked bare bones version of the film and you have what could be a disaster. I hope it isn’t, but I’m not optimistic.

 
 
ghostsofgirlfriendspast_12. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros. (New Line)/ 3,175 Theaters, 100 Minutes, Rated PG-13):
Is it too early to appoint Matthew McConaughey the king of the romantic comedy? Basically, that’s all he is doing cinematically right now. Usually playing an overgrown adolescent whose heart must be tamed by a beautiful girl.

This latest entry adds a Dickensian twist as Matthew plays a serial monogamist who is forced to revisit all his past relationships. In the process, he finds his one true love is the one he’s about to let slip away forever. 

battle-for-terra-poster3. Battle for Terra (Lionsgate, 1,159 Theaters, 85 Minutes, Rated PG): I have to admit, I know absolutely nothing about this film.

I haven’t seen any ads for it, I’ve read no articles, seen no trailers.

Now, I do have a newborn child, which occupies a lot of my time, but I have seen something for all the other films being released this week. This leads me to believe that Lionsgate is burying this film. Bad Lionsgate, bad.

According to IMDB, this is a computer animated sci-fi tale where the last survivors of Earth try to colonize an inhabited planet. The planet’s inhabitants resist and fighting ensues.  So if that floats your boat, maybe you should check this out.

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